Karthik opens up about Morgan and Ashwin debate: Despite a decent contest of cricket that witnessed Kolkata and Delhi ripping apart at each other, things turned a bit hot-headed towards the end of the first innings with Ashwin and Morgan getting involved in a heated argument.
It started with Southee getting back at Ashwin after the latter holed out to Nitish Rana in the deep. The Kiwi express bowler exchanged a couple of words and Ashwin returned it too.
However, things escalated pretty quickly with Morgan bringing himself into the mix and from a war of words it turned into a nasty confrontation of the KKR captain and the Indian off-spinner.
The fate of the drama between Morgan and Ashwin
Though the reason at that point in time was unsure, the drama didn’t really end there. As others would have it, poetic justice was served to Ashwin when he was the one to remove Eoin Morgan for nought. A good-length delivery caught a nick off Morgan’s edge and flew straight into the arms of Lalit Yadav.
The celebration from Ash was extraordinary as usually a calm customer exploded at the face of Morgan and raged past him, prancing in ecstasy.
This is what Karthik had to say about the duo being cross
However, Dinesh Karthik spoke about the scuffle and the exchange in detail. The Indian wicket-keeper was heard quoting that what irked Morgan was the attempt from Ashwin to steal in a preceding delivery after the ball smashed Pant’s bat at the non-striker’s end.
Karthik said in the post-match conference, “I know that Rahul Tripathi threw the ball, and it hit Rishabh Pant, and then it ricocheted off it and Ashwin started to run. I do not think Eoin appreciates it; he is someone when the ball hits the batter, he expects them not to run because of the spirit of cricket.”
He concluded by saying, “It is a very grey area, a very interesting topic. I have my own opinion on it, but I can just say I am happy to play peacemaker and the thing has come to a good standstill right now.”
There are a few points of discussion like these that usually sets apart the cricketing factions and break them into two. However, it is also the same deliberations that give us the much-needed diversity in the war of 22 yards.